Our Academic Program
At Little Acorn Preschool the children experience the Montessori approach to learning from the moment they walk in the door, until the moment they say good-bye. Our program is based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We share the fundamental belief that children learn best in a social environment that supports their individual strengths and potential. We understand our responsibilities as educators, and we take them seriously. At our school, each child is known and loved for the unlimited possibilities of who he or she will become. Dr. Montessori said, “The child builds his innermost self out of the deeply held impressions he receives.” She observed children learn best through direct hands-on contact with learning tools. In our Montessori classroom, children experience both the freedom and self-discipline that will lead them to life-long independent learning.
The children experience a secure environment with a clear routine each day. Within that environment they have the freedom to choose their own activities and to work at their own pace. During the work time, the children receive lessons both individually and within small groups. The Montessori materials are set out attractively on shelves at the children’s height so the children may select what they are drawn to during any given work session. The Montessori teacher guides each child through the natural progression of materials giving lessons in the order that ensures appropriate development for the individual.
Maria Montessori also believed that nature reflected the child’s natural state and that children needed access to outdoor areas where they could take part in gardening. Montessori connected nature education with the natural development of the child, as these cannot be separated in a child-centered classroom. At Little Acorn Preschool, we will do the same. It is important for children to experience the natural world with a sense of wonder and to be exposed to nature through direct contact with the great outdoors.
The Curriculum Areas Include:
Practical Life enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
Sensorial area enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, etc.
Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
Language arts include oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children’s literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters and various presentations allowing children to link sounds with letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
Cultural learning exposes the children to geography and history around the world.
Nature/Discovery of life science, nature and hands on sensory experiences inside our classroom and in our outdoor play yard.
Grace and Courtesy lessons will be introduced -setting a table, cleaning up after one’s self and leaning manners.
Peace Education will teach respect and kindness for our selves, each other and our environment as a whole. Yoga and mindfulness techniques will also be incorporated into our curriculum.
Art will allow your child the freedom to be self expressive in his or her own way while being exposed to various mediums, techniques, art and artists.
Dramatic Play is where children assign and accept roles and act them out. Puppets, dress-ups and play props will be available. It teaches children how to self-regulate their emotions and actions while encouraging language development, math, literacy and conflict resolution. It is also a place that is empowering to them.
Music and Movement will be offered throughout the school day, during transition time and whole group activities. This will help them build motor skills and allowing them to practice self-expression. It also helps the body and mind to work together improving brain power, developing social skills, building their confidence and inspiring creativity.
Baking and bread making. Study of wheat and the process of bread making from seed to loaf! It will teach math, science, language skills while allowing the experience to nurture the hands, heart and mind.
To provide a learning experience that develops confidence, a love of learning and global citizenship.
To fulfill the child’s natural desire to become a responsible, contributing member of the family, community and society.
To provide the foundation to live life with honesty, humility and integrity.
To develop social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination, and cognitive preparation inside the classroom and outdoors in our play area.
To provide a beautiful prepared environment that is mindfully arranged to meet the developmental needs of the child and where families can feel at home in a place of comfort, joy and trust.
To provide a balanced blend of practical work, project based spontaneity, and peaceful encounters inside the classroom and outdoors.
To nurture the child’s creativity through story, song and community celebration.
To inspire the child to discover his or her learning style and habits through his own exploration of the materials and through discovering the child’s role within a nurturing community.
To value the child’s understanding of his or her own process in learning and encourage independence in thoughts and actions.
To foster respect, kindness, patience, and compassion for self, others and the environment.
To follow the Little Acorn Way…
be kind and